The snow is gone, the thermometer is inching higher, flowers are blooming and you’re ready for springtime. Unfortunately, your building may not be. Thanks to winter’s sand, snow, grit and lack of attention, things may be in less-than-gorgeous shape. Warmer weather is a great time to get out and see what needs to be done to restore your building’s curb appeal. Here are a few tips to get you organized and on your way.
Walk the Line
To put together a short list of items needing attention in your building, conduct a walk-through of the property, starting from the top and working your way down, making a list of potential problems, hazards and areas that just need some sprucing up. Actually, Jeffrey Heidings, president of Siren Management Corp. in Manhattan suggests that managers conduct a weekly building walk-through instead of waiting until spring. Then, list in hand, you can create a spring action plan to make repairs and tidy the place up once the weather starts cooperating.
Mel Goldman, president of All Boro, an exterior cleaning firm in Hicksville suggests even going one step further—taking a site visit of an empty basement, organizing it and using time in the spring to turn it into a profit. “Clean it out and make it an empty space to rent storage bins to tenants,” he says. Modular storage units can be built into almost any space, and customized to fit any need.
Keep in mind that some parts of the building—especially the exterior—get more beat-up and grubby than other areas during the winter and may need some extra TLC.
Let the Fresh Air In
“Nobody wants a home that smells funky,” says Craig Berlin, president of ChuteMaster Inc. in Union, New Jersey. In a multifamily building with families cooking, cleaning, dusting and breathing, it’s no surprise that airways, chutes and garbage rooms of these buildings can get clogged and dirty over time—particularly during colder months, when windows are kept tightly shut and air doesn’t get much of a chance to circulate. Waste material, debris, and allergens can build up in a building’s airways and passages, and eventually cause everything from noxious smells to bona fide health problems for residents.